Religion Book Reviews (page 176)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 1996

"Despite an occasional lack of discipline in Levine's telling (including abrupt, inexplicable switches of tense from past to present and back again), Sugihara's story is ultimately a fascinating addition to Holocaust literature and a valuable historical footnote."
Levine (coathor, The Death of an American Jewish Community, 1992; Sociology and Religion/Boston Univ.) seeks to discover a seemingly ordinary man, the extraordinary thing he did, and the lessons to be learned. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While many books have dealt with the Rothschilds, Elon's focus on the family's founding patriarch yields a thoroughly researched, fascinating, and altogether exemplary biography. (illustrations, not seen)"
During this time of bloated biographies, here is a refreshingly brief portrait of one of the most important figures of 19th-century European economic and modern Jewish history: Meyer Amschel Rothschild (17441812). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Still, Sells's well-written, impassioned, and informed book represents a deepening of the ongoing discourse about the collapse of Yugoslavia."
A penetrating argument that the heady mix of religion and modern nationalism are at the heart of the Bosnian catastrophe. Read full book review >
EROS, MAGIC, AND THE MURDER OF PROFESSOR CULIANU by Ted Anton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Murder, passion, and politics as the fascinating true story of one Romanian-born academic's postmodern rise and fall."
Blood in the ivory tower: a real-life thriller about postCold War espionage, an unsolved murder, and the occult. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Still, if Gay lacks the intellectual range of a Howe or the imaginative sparks of a Kate Simon or Grace Paley, she has written an enjoyable, easily digestible introduction to her parents' and her own generations' uneven and sometimes uneasy acculturation."
Part memoir, part anecdotal history of the three million East European Jews who streamed to these shores—particularly to New York City—between 1880 and 1920. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A great scholar, Halivni has not written a great memoir, but he has produced a quite good one, succinct, intellectually illuminating, and sometimes surprisingly poignant."
A slim, largely cerebral, yet sometimes deeply engaging autobiography by a Holocaust survivor who has become one of the greatest talmudic scholars of the postwar era. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Lyrical memories of an unusual childhood. (10 photos, not seen)"
In 26 beautifully written vignettes, playwright and oral historian Maynard tells the story of her experiences growing up Jewish in pre-Communist China. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Trendy, but earnest and appealing as well."
An attempt to prove by scientific methods that the soul exists, by a physicist who has explored this terrain before, in The Eagle's Quest (1991) and The Dreaming Universe (1994). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Anyone with an interest in Jewish affairs will find it unsettling and indispensable."
This eye-opening examination of the myths and realities of Jewish influence in America is bound to raise hackles in the Jewish community. Read full book review >
DISTANT SISTERS by Judith Rotem
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Rotem offers limited access and little guidance to this unique community."
A solid but simplistic depiction of the life of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women. Read full book review >
BEN-GURION AND THE HOLOCAUST by Shabtai Teveth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"This tendentious paraphrasing of Segev's views exemplifies Teveth's generally no-holds-barred defense of Ben-Gurion and the entire JAE, and undermines the presentation of a historical record that is more ambiguous than Teveth would have it."
Some truth in advertising is needed here: This is a work not so much about the main founder and leader of the modern state of Israel as it is a record of the entire Jewish Agency Executive (JAE), the de facto governing body of the Jewish community in mandatory Palestine, in trying to rescue Jews for the Nazi death machine. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While not on a par with his best fiction, this Potok offering will engage many readers, particularly those with vivid memories of the struggles of, and for, Soviet Jews."
Potok, whose novels of families at odds with themselves ring so true (I Am the Clay, 1992, etc.), turns his attention to a deeply divided real-life family of Russian Jews. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >